Raycee Lindsley1/2/18Huckleberry Finn In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the reason it was published follows the life of Mark Twain who was born as Samuel Langehorne Clemens in the town of Florida, Mississippi, in, 1835. He was only four years old when his family moved to Hannibal by the Mississippi River. Clemens spent most of his young life with his parents who had many household slaves. When his father died in 1847, Clemens acted out and left school and started to work for a printer then in 1851 he finished his apprenticeship. He worked in the newspaper industry with his brother for awhile and then later he quit his printing career to work on riverboats on the Mississippi.
His life on the river really inspired him to write The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The riverboat life provided him with the pen name Mark Twain. When the Civil War started and exploded across America Clemens work ended on the river in 1861. After working on the river he headed West with his brother and worked as a miner in Nevada and later came to his true career path and became a journalist. In 1863 Clemens decided it was best to start signing articles with his pen name, Mark Twain. Throughout the late 1860s and 1870s his articles, stories, and novels became super popular. His novels The Innocents Abroad and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer became a national hit and they were a instant bestseller.
Huckleberry Finn was a sequel to Tom Sawyer in order to maintain the popularity of the other novels. Twain mailey focused on the slavery in the south since he was a child and had slaves around the house. As he grew older th more he found out about slavery not being okay. The south was about to be a slave free region but began to fail. Twain later on began to have family problems with his wife being ill and their son dying only after 18 months. In 1891 he fell into debt by having poor investments and financial problems causing a huge toll on him and his family. Even after having such big problems he still devoted himself into writing.
He finally published Huckleberry Finn in 1884 and was a huge hit. This book really followed his life and all the social, economic, slavery and family problems. Twain continued to write over the next ten years and only published two novels after his big hit with Huckleberry Finn.
He still found himself in debt after all these years and had even bigger family problems with his wife and his two daughters passing away. Twain still continued to be a public speaker until his death in 1910. However the story of Huckleberry Finn did not die along with Twain.
Through the twentieth century the novel has become more popular then it did when it was written. The novel was also had been banned in the Southern states due to its critical take on the South with its racism, slavery, and social problems. A lot of people do and do not like this book because of its racism and words it uses, but that’s how it was back in the day and no one really saw the problem with using the “n” word. People liked this book due to its honesty and how it really was back in the day. I think that Twain really wanted people to see how the world was back in the day and the realism he wanted to create with this book. Recently this book has been criticized for its racial stereotypes and its use of the “n” word. Most people believe that Twain intended the book as an attack or racism, others argue that Twain failed to rise above the racial problems at the time.
While some praised his efforts, most opposed his choice. I personally think that this is an okay book, it teaches us the reality of racism and slavery was back in the day and knowing those things aren’t okay in today’s world is good… knowing something socially actually happened after this book was published. It was a good learning experience and definitely would recommend reading it.